Easy Recipe: 3C Healthy Chocolate Smoothie

I love smoothies. There are so many deliciously nutritious recipes that can fool a kid or even an adult into eating more veggies. Any mom, dad, kid or busy individual can make a smoothie filled with fruits and vegetables. It’s simple and not very time consuming. The fiber from the produce often satisfies cravings and fills you up. It just takes a little trial and error to find the right ingredients . 

My latest smoothie sensation is the 3C healthy smoothie…creamy and made with cacao and cauliflower.  Yes, you heard me…cauliflower. I love adding cauliflower to smoothies because its taste is overpowered by stronger flavors like cacao or other spices. Though you can’t taste the cauliflower, it still provides plenty of nutritional support including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that have been known to decrease cancer risk. 3C Healthy Chocolate Smoothie

Not only do I love this 3C healthy chocolate smoothie as a power-packed drink, but I also often freeze it for a few minutes and substitute for ice cream. The combination of oat milk and medjool dates provides sweetness, while the cacao nibs texture and smokey cocoa taste are reminiscent of chocolate chips. My latest secret ingredient is to use doTERRA peppermint essential oil. It tastes like a Peppermint Patty without all the sugar and chemical laden ingredients. 3C Chocolate Smoothie

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3C Healthy Chocolate Smoothie
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A creamy, cacao and cauliflower smoothie that tastes as sweet as an ice cream shake with no added sugar and packed with nutrients.
Recipe type: Smoothie
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
  • 5 cups oat milk
  • 8 medjool dates
  • 2 cups frozen cauliflower
  • 3 tbsp. cacao powder (healthier version) OR your favorite vegan, organic chocolate protein powder
  • 5 tbsp. raw cacao nibs
  • 1 drop of doTERRA peppermint oil (or during flu season swap this for elderberry syrup)
  1. Add cauliflower, medjool dates and protein powder to the high speed blender
  2. Blend until desired consistency (typically 30-45 seconds)
  3. Add 1 drop of doTERRA peppermint oil
  4. Blend for 10 seconds
  5. Add cacao nibs
  6. Blend for 3-5 seconds (just long enough to mix through but not puree the cacao nibs)
  7. Enjoy!
It's easiest to make smoothies in a high speed blender. If you have a traditional blender, blend with less ingredients and let frozen veggies defrost first.

Some of my favorite smoothie items:

A special thanks to Caroline for inspiring me to try playing around with essential oils and cacao nibs. 3C not only stands for cacao and cauliflower but for our names…If you like smoothies and want to try a few extras, check out my son’s favorite Kid Approved Green smoothie or our Healthy Creamsicle Turmeric one.

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  1. I would have never thought to use cauliflower in a smoothie. The dates would definitely sweeten it right up. I LOVE dates! Whenever I get bit by the sweet tooth, I reach for a couple dates.

    This sounds great!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom recently posted…How to Assemble an Emergency Sick Bag Kit

    • Have you ever eaten “Buckeyes?” I make a healthy-version one – I fill a medjool date with nut butter/sun butter and it tastes like one. Regarding cauliflower, I ALWAYS use it. You barely taste it and get all the cruciferous veggie nutritional properties.

  2. Never would have thought by looking that this had veggies in it by any means, but now you got my interest piqued to give this a try. Thanks for sharing with a fellow smoothie lover here :)
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    • Yay. I’m glad you love smoothies, too. I mean, who doesn’t, right? They are so perfect for many reasons. Let me know if/when you use frozen cauliflower. It’s so easy and adds so much.

  3. LOVEEEE that you added CAULIFLOWER!!! That bugger can sneak into anything :)
    GiGi Eats recently posted…Not Zipping My Lips Over This!

    • Ok, I have it. Whenever we meet, we are going to do a YouTube video on all the things we can eat/create with cauliflower. Some normal – cauliflower aka baked potato puree, cauliflower spicy chick-pea roasted salad and cauliflower smoothie…all while we are dressed up in cauliflower costumes.

      • Um… Did you book your ticket yesterday?!?! THIS sounds like a viral video… #GENIUS!
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        • I keep thinking about coming out to LA to visit friends and coordinate some speaking engagements. When I do, I would LOVE to meet, greet and eat in that kitchen of yours. I can’t wait to brainstorm the silly ideas.

  4. Cauliflower! This looks amazing. I am totally going to try it and not to tell the kids about that add in until they are done :)
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    • Did you do it? Let me know when you add cauliflower to your smoothies or baked goods? I think I first started adding cauliflower to recipes when I read that Jessica Seinfeld used it in her mac-n-cheese. Hope you are staying cool. xoxo

  5. So creative! How did you come up with adding cauliflower in a chocolate smoothie? That is WAY out of my wheelhouse :-)
    Anne Marie @ CCHC recently posted…The Eat It Or Starve Movement

    • Ahhhhhh….It’s a lot of trial and error. When I first started eating clean, I put in tons of veggies and very few sweeteners other than the oat milk. It really wasn’t good…but I kept at it. I read Jessica Seinfeld’s “Deceptively Delicious” years ago and she used cauliflower in her Mac-N-Cheese recipe. I made it, liked it and realized that cauliflower really has a dull taste. So, I now add it to all my smoothies to get the nutrients and fiber.

  6. Cauliflower? Say what? I don’t really like it, but I’ll try it for you. This sounds really yummy, can’t wait to give it a whirl. We need to catch up soon!
    Kristen recently posted…How To Make An Ombre Frosted Cake

    • It’s awesome. I really love it. If you use protein powder that has stevia in it, you may not need the medjool dates or more sweet oat milk. I sometimes use almond milk instead because it’s lower in sugar content. It’s my new favorite. I use it in a smoothie bowl like ice cream aka nice cream or just as my morning breakfast. Hope you are well. Are you drinking that awesome coconut milk one from a few months ago from your juice cleanse?

  7. I would have never thought to add cauliflower to my smoothies! You’re a genius. :) I use cauliflower as rice and sometimes to replace meat, why didn’t I think of this?
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Who would have ever thought that cauliflower would be my best friend. I love to steam it and add fun spices (savory not sweet.) I love to steam and puree, add vegan butter or EVOO and garlic for cauliflower mashed potatoes. And like you, I also love cauliflower rice.

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